Abhay Mutalik Desai – Sugarcane

Village: Sutagatti, District: Belgaum,
Karnataka, India

sugarcane
woolly aphid

  • In June 2005, our sugar cane was attacked by woolly aphid.
  • Attack resulted from use of impure ghee for Homas.
  • Attack was immediately controlled after replacing the faulty batch of ghee.
  • Two natural predators called Micromus igorotus and Dipha aphidivora, came automatically and controlled the infestation.
  • Interestingly, the predators started from the area where the woolly aphid had first appeared.
  • Now we have a lush, green, healthy sugar cane in our 20 acres farm and also in the neighboring farms.

Tejasvi Naik’s Story

Village: Modaga, District: Belgaum
Karnataka, India

Sericulture

“I started doing Agnihotra in my green house and in a few weeks time it showed results. First the birds moved in; then came the predators to destroy the attack of whiteflies on gerbera plants in the green house. The Resonance Point was then set up and from then on there was no stopping us. Results flowed one after the other. Here are some of my experiences which I want to share with you.”

“In the first three months of starting Agnihotra on the farm, I noticed a lot of birds in the farm. They fed on pests in the green house and also later made my farm their home and started nesting giving a new generation of birds. Distinctly visible are the greater coucal (bharadwaj), asian koel, parrots, love birds, owls, sparrows, crows, cranes, wood pecker, pigeons, bulbuls, babblers, fly catchers, robins, baya weaver, kingfishers, mynas, and lots more and in pairs.”

“Once all of a sudden, I noticed a hundred odd garden lizards on the casuarina trees adjoining the green house. I failed to understand this phenomenon. I also killed one as it was entering my sericulture rearing shed mistakenly thinking that they had arrived to eat the silk worms. Few days passed and then all of them disappeared. The lady worker reported that day “all gerbera plants are free from white fly attack.” No white fly, No garden lizards? Such was the effect of Agnihotra.”

“My sericulture crops which suffered due to diseases gradually improved. Last two years there have been NO crop failures. Agnihotra?”

“Leaf quality, size of leaf improved tremendously and it showed on the yield/acre. Agnihotra indeed.”

“In the last one year I have regularly obtained 80kg per 100 dfls (disease-free layings). That is 30% more than the state’s average and 20% higher than any good sericulturist. More Agnihotra!”

“Powdery Mildew is a common pest on mulberry leaf. But my farm is free from it by the presence of the Lady bird beetle (Scymnus nubilus) which are in abundance acting as a natural predator. It is also found in larger quantities in the garden adjoining the Agnihotra kutir. No mealy bugs too. Unbelievable Agnihotra.”

“Number of earthworms in the farm has increased and you can see herds of millipedes. I don’t know what they are doing there. Men at work? Agnihotra???”

“I have reports from the CSB (Central Silk Board) that in one of the crops of hybrid silkworms, (csr2 X csr4), the pairing was so great that it yielded 62g eggs/100 cocoons as against the average being 26g and a good yield is around 40g. Amazing Effect. Agnihotra”

“In my latest crop, the pupa was so full of vigour and vitality. The scientist at the grainage at CSB’s Malavalli unit informed that there will be three pairings taken from each of the male moths. Average is one pairing and good being two. Result is awaited on the actual performance. Agnihotra all the way.”

“My cocoons are purchased instantly in the auction fetching better rates. Reelers have expressed higher silk content in my cocoons, so they bid for a higher price. Shortly I will be having a tie up with a quality reeler from Sirsi for reeling Cocoons and with Malavalli grainage for my seed cocoons. Customer confidence made possible by Agnihotra results.”

“During the time when woolly aphid attacked sugarcane crop, my neighbour informed me it was visible that his 2 acre sugarcane was unaffected when the whole village had the problem. No boundaries for Agnihotra.”

“No labour problems. Brilliant ideas in allocating jobs with responsibilities, ensuring quality work. Harmony and vision through Agnihotra?”

“My Manager who does the regular Agnihotra on the farm and also consumes the ash has his Diabetes well in control. You will not believe that I use only Agnihotra ash as antiseptic for all cuts and bruises. No Dettol please! Found the healer!! Agnihotra the saviour!!!”

Abhay Mutalik Desai’s Story

Village: Sutakatti, District: Belgaum
Karnataka, India

vanilla
sugar cane

“Our first ever vanilla produce (1999-2000) was of excellent quality and the best in India. The vanilla bean curing process (three months) was started along with Homa Therapy treatment.”

  • Highest Vanillin content 2.91% in processed vanilla beans in India for the year 2000. Tested at Spice Board Evaluation Laboratory, Cochin, Kerala
  • Highest Vanillin content 36% in CO2 Vanilla oil, in the year 2004. Tested at Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka. (International commercial oils contain 27-28% Vanillin).

rice

  • Good yield in rice with minimum effort
  • 2004-2005: 28-32 bags per acre variety China ponni (One bag is 75kg)
  • 2006: 28 bags per acre variety Prasanna (90 days Aerobic Rice)
  • 25 bags per acre variety Lala Kadha. (No Organic manures given to the soil).

sugarcane

  • No attack of woolly aphid on sugarcane except in 2005 on a small portion (about 0.25 acres). Woolly aphid attack was controlled by natural predators Dipha aphidivora and Micromus igorotus. (Since 2002 thousands of acres in northern Karnataka and southern Maharashtra were severely affected including some organic farms.)
  • Organically Certified (USDA and EU specifications) excellent export quality processed sugarcane whole sugar and jaggery since 2006, superior quality as compared to any other organic farm produce in Northern Karnataka.

Another very important distinctive feature, natural red millipede compost all over the farm; this type of intense activity of red millipede has not been observed in any organic farms in India.

Venkatesh Kulkarni’s Story

Homa Farm: Manas Krushi
Shahapur, District: Thane
Maharashtra, India

mango
cashew nut

“We came across Gurudev Shree Vasant Paranjpe between 1998 and 1999. From our discussions with Him, we realized that the cow is an important part in farming and this is the reason why the cow has been given an important place in our scriptures and culture. Another point we found out from Him was that for healthy farming the environment should be healthy and to achieve this a simple procedure of Agnihotra is advised. If we use the correct combination of cow and Agnihotra then we can achieve the same result in farming as our forefathers enjoyed.”

“I strongly believe there is no other technology which is economical and at the same time gives healthy and better produce. In this technology there is no chance of a farmer becoming bankrupt.”

“If we compare my produce like cashew, I have cashew nut trees which are 5 to 6 years old. I have traveled to Sindhudurg, Goa and Kerala. There 5 to 6 year old trees give 2 to 3 kg of cashew nuts. But my trees give more than 5kg per tree. This means I produce 50 to 60% more than others, using this technology. I have 8 to 9 year old Kesar mango trees. Kesar Mango trees around my area give 50 to 60 kg of produce. But in my farm I get 90 kg per tree. This makes me believe if any farmer uses this technology, then he will earn decent profit.”

“Secondly, for aromatic crops, I have planted patchouli and vetiver. The yield I get from my farm is higher than the yield available from other neighboring farms. There is a difference of 20%.”

Rangamani and T. T. Surenkumar’s Story

Ooty, District: Nilgiri
Tamil Nadu, India

tea

“We used to have several types of infection in our tea garden, ranging from fungal to bacterial to various types of pests. In addition, when the tea bushes were pruned to the roots, the new sprouting leaves were infected by pests which used to curl the leaves and we used to lose a lot of good leaves.”

“Since we started doing Homa Therapy and applying Biosol made with Agnihotra ash, our tea leaves are without infection. We have not had any crop loss due to pests or disease. We pruned our bushes recently and there has been no infection at all. The new leaves are green and lush. All tea leaves have a healthy sheen (glow). The leaves remain fresh even hours after picking. And the quality of leaves has improved greatly!”

“Our silver oak trees which give shade to tea plants, have almost doubled in girth (circumference) in the past two years and seem to attract a lot of queries from timber merchants, much to our amusement. To everyone’s surprise, our silver oak trees have also started flowering! No one here seems to have seen such flowers before! All these are very encouraging changes.”

Our Green Tea Liquor
We have also started producing manually green tea liquor (extract of green tea, does not contain alcohol), which we receive from our garden and it is found to be top class by all who have tasted this liquor. We get golden green liquor without any bitter taste and it is taken preferably without any sugar, honey or similar sweeteners. It is a labor intensive method of producing tea. We enrich it additionally with herbs which we grow on our Homa farm. Our health has improved a great deal and we are always at peace and content.”

Flower Garden
“We also have a flower garden where we grow several kinds of plants. Due to use of Homa Therapy and the Agnihotra ash, the colors of the flowers are deeper and brighter and they attract many kinds of birds and butterflies. The number of birds in our garden and their variety and seems to grow every day.”

“We also discovered by chance that wilting plants revive when fed with Agnihotra ash water. Nowadays, whenever we make a new cutting for planting, we soak the cutting in Agnihotra ash water for several hours and then plant them. The new leaves sprout faster and establish roots more easily.”

“Our ornamental flower trees started showing flowers already in their first year and that has surprised a lot of people, including our workers.”

“There was one more tree whose name we don’t know and which grew from a small cutting to about 3.5 meters tall in one year and produced a crown full of flowers (see photo left). Another cutting of this was planted by us in a pot and then was passed on to my wife’s sister who lives about 8 Kms from our house. It grew to about 0.5 meter at the end of one year and there were no flowers.”

“We also noticed that the water retention of the soil in the entire garden has increased and even when there are heavy rains, we have no water runoff and no soil erosion.”

Plants react to Homa Therapy
“More than anything, the most noticeable feature of our tea garden is the overwhelming feeling of happiness, as if the plants are trying to reach out to us telling us how happy they are.”

Story of Tapovan Cows

Homa Farm: Tapovan
Tehsil: Parola, District: Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India

cattle

In Tapovan, we have at the moment 9 cows, 4 bulls, 9 calves and 7 newborns. We also have 2 bullocks working the farmland. These are indigenous Gir breed cows and some mixed breeds. We have been rearing cows for several years and now we have the third generation.

Here we have maintained 24 hour round-the-clock Om Tryambakam Homa for nearly 10 years and for this, we use pure cow’s ghee. Almost one third of this ghee comes from our own production now. We have observed and documented the ghee production for a 6 months period (from 1 Oct 2009 to 31 Mar 2010).

Extraction ratio of the milk fat in Tapovan is 42.3 grams/liter, while normally in our area, the average ratio is 30 grams/liter of milk. That means that in Homa atmosphere the cows produce over 1/3 more milk fat. Also the Gir breed gives 5 liters of milk per day in the villages, but we receive from the same breed 6 liters of milk in Tapovan.

Our cows are very healthy compared to the cows from the villages, who suffer a lot from ticks, infections on the hoofs in the cold season (similar to foot-and-mouth disease) which we have not have had a single time here. The village farmers’ medical bill for one cow is approximately 1000 rupees per year, while here in Tapovan for 30 animals together we spent only 1000 rupees the whole year. And this is for assistance at delivery or treating a cow that may eat a poisonous insect while eating grass from the fields.

The Tapovan Story – Climate Engineering

Homa Farm: Tapovan
Parola, District: Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India

climate change

In December, 2009 there was an unseasonal storm in the Dhule/ Jalgaon region of North Maharashtra. 35,000 hectares of farmland was damaged. Hundreds of thousands of rupees of crop losses were reported by farmers in the area. In the district of Parola 49 villages were affected. In some places, 2 feet of ice were reported in the fields from the hail storm. The ice remained in some fields for 3 days after the storm.

In Tapovan Homa farm, which is in the centre of the affected area, there was minimal damage to our crops. The only damage – banana leaves were split and one branch of one tree fell down. It was a young drum-stick tree of a height of 12 feet and the tree recovered quickly.


A type of protection is created by the practice of Homa Therapy on the farm.

Ramesh Tiwari’s Story

Village: Khanpur Sirauli
Tehsil: Hasanganj, District: Unnao
Uttar Pradesh, India

mango

“In India, most of the mango varieties are alternate bearers, which means that they give fruits only every other year. The mango variety Dashehari is also an alternate bearer. Together with a group of 20 farmers I have initiated Homa Organic Farming in mangos in the Unnao district, which is famous for the cultivation of Dashehari variety.”

“I have been practicing Homa Farming since 2003. I have adopted all the organic techniques being suggested by Dr R.K. Pathak, (ex-head of National Horticulture Mission of India) like simple mulching, tree pasting, use of Jiwamrita (a bio-enhancer with a rich microbial consortia, prepared by fermenting cow dung and cow urine along with local soil rich in microbes), Agnihotra enriched water and Biosol.”

“On my farm we regularly perform Agnihotra, daily four hours of Om Tryambakam Homa and in
addition up to 8 hours Om Tryambakam Homa on Full Moon and New Moon days. My mango orchard has shown a continuous increase in production since starting Homa Organic Farming and the quality of the fruits is excellent.”

“On about 10 trees in the orchard the mango fruits are growing directly from the branch instead of from the cluster of leaves at the end of the branches.”

The yield data for past 5 years is given below:

Average production in this area is around 10 tons/ha. With all the known techniques using agro-chemicals it can be extended up to 14 tons/ha.

“The fruit quality of the Homa farms in this area is far better than corresponding fruit on farms practising conventional agro-chemical horticulture, regarding taste, size and appearance.”

“On none of the Homa farms do the mangoes suffer from a common problem of spongy tissue and a number of pests and diseases have been eradicated; diseases like powdery mildew and pests like the mango hopper and mealy bug. Cost of pesticides was previously about Rs 5,000 per acre. Harvest was decreasing every year. Cost and frequency of the chemical applications (pesticides and fertilizers) was increasing. Taste of the mangoes was not good.”

“In my Homa farm, all these problems have been resolved completely.”

Ravindra Wadekar’s Story

Homa Farm: Yadnyanagar
Village: Talwade, Tehsil: Rajapur, District: Ratnagiri
Maharashtra, India

cashew nut

Report from P.S. Kadam B.Sc. (Agri)
Officer, Agricultural Dept.
Pachal, Rajapur, Dist: Ratnagiri

Report on Cashew Nut trees

“I recently visited the Yadnyanagar Homa Farm of Shri Ravindra Wadekar in Talwade village. During the visit I inspected the Cashew Nut crop (which at the moment is in the flowering stage). Following are my observations: